Monday, July 22 2019, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, at Hydaburg, AK
The 23rd annual culture camp celebrates Haida heritage. Hydaburg Cooperative Association, the tribal authority, sponsors teaching of Haida language and traditional songs and dances. Carving, weaving and beading are practiced. Participants gather and prepare traditional foods. Canoe races, swimming and other races follow the camp.
Friday, August 02 2019, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm, at Thorne Bay, Ak
Thorne Bay Days commemorates incorporation of the city—but it’s mostly an excuse for families and friends to party. The Thorne Bay Pignic on Friday is sponsored by the city's emergency services. Organizers roast a whole hog for an outdoor family social with picnic-style food at Thorne Bay Cafe, then coffee and dessert at Church of Thorne Bay. Music is provided by local talents. Tickets usually sell out in advance. Events on Saturday, sponsored by the city and Thorne Bay School, include kayak races in the harbor; newbies are welcome after a primer on safety and paddling. There’s a 5K walk and jog on streets and back roads. Family games are set up during a fabulous fund-raising lunch put on by one of the Thorne Bay School’s programs.
Friday, August 09 2019, 9:00 am - 10:00 pm, at Coffman Cove, AK
This festival in Coffman Cove is in its ninth year as a premier Prince of Wales Island attraction. Artwork and artisanship by residents are featured. The edibles are also homegrown—from crab cakes to fried fish, from oysters to truck-farm greens. Vendors from across the island set up booths for browsers and buyers. A colorful center stage offers live music.
Sunday, August 11 2019, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm, at Hollis, AK
Hollis’ contribution to summer fun features a chili cook-off and feed along with raffle drawings, kids’ games and fire truck rides. Judges in the chili and cornbread cook-off confer the coveted Golden Ladle award for the island’s tastiest chili. Raffle tickets are sold on the IFA ferry and around the island for drawings that benefit the Hollis Volunteer Fire Department and its program for training young EMTs. Art by POW artists is on sale and Hollis VFD presents what they dub “the island’s largest yard sale.” Kids Korner offers games for young ones.